Norway’s Tears & Miss Winehouse

What a strange couple of days.

As I sit here in my safe and comfortable house, more and more pieces of information about the devastation in Norway filter in and I feel so helpless. Images of the destruction caused fill TV and computer screens and I shed a few tears for the families of those who’ve lost their lives.

And when his picture, that heartless bastard who caused all of this, flashes up, I get a feeling in my throat and stomach as though I’m going to be sick.

What kind of man does something like this?

They’re calling it Norway’s 9/11.

And, of course, the blame game begins. Why would someone just snap like that? Some are saying it was religious reasons. Others are blaming the fact that he played computer games.

The latter seems ridiculous but the facts can’t be denied that we’re all becoming numb to the horrors of the world. TV shows glorify violence by getting us to sympathise with serial killers who murder criminals or mafia bosses with psychological problems. Newspapers show us graphic images of war torn countries and dead bodies which shock us … but not like they used to. We play computer games with aims of shooting the enemy and stealing cars to score narcotics while running over pedestrians.

That fine line between reality and fantasy begins to blur.

On the eve of his execution, Ted Bundy explained the motives behind his murders: “My experience with … pornography that deals on a violent level with sexuality, is once you become addicted to it … I would keep looking for more potent, more explicit, more graphic kinds of material. Until you reach a point where the pornography only goes so far … where you begin to wonder if maybe actually doing it would give that which is beyond just reading it or looking at it. Violence in the media particularly sexualizes violence,Β  sends boys down the road to being Ted Bundys.”

22 years later and Bundy’s proven right. More than ever, the media glorifies violence … and feeble minds are susceptible to snapping and going apeshit, not realising that their actions are wrong.

I’m not saying that the media is to blame for Anders Behring Breivik’s actions at all. But given how exposed we are to the glorification of violence, it isn’t any wonder that those prone to mental outbursts begin to believe they’re invincible.

And then there’s Amy.

Poor, sad Amy. Her music was probably the closest I’ll ever get to liking jazz and it had only been Friday evening, as I took the train home from work, that I’d listened to her Back to Black album again, wondering when the next one was due for release.

So much talent and beauty … and all gone at 27.

Her family, friends and loved ones don’t deserve to have her memory tainted by ignorants saying she deserved it because of her lifestyle choices. She made that choice. Not her loved ones. She wasn’t physically harming anyone but herself. She wasn’t harming you. So leave her rest in peace.

Being an addict doesn’t automatically make you a bad person or take away the beauty and creativity of your spirit. Anders Behring Breivik deserves to die. Not Amy. Though death is too easy for him.

And, of course, the great Twitter debate still continues over whether it’s wrong to be mourning for “another celebrity” rather than the lives lost in Norway.

You can mourn for both.

Amy’s music touches hearts and lives all over the world … and we need things like music, art and creativity to connect with, and express ourselves. They stop us from turning into animals like Breivik.

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14 thoughts on “Norway’s Tears & Miss Winehouse

  1. The events in Norway break my heart, especially when I think of all the young people killed. The fact he did it to “punish” society for it’s acceptance of Muslim immigrants frightens me.

    I loved Amy Winehouse and I think she is sharing a drink right now with Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Janis Joplin.

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    • She’s definitely with those who respect her, Ry. Those who she can now feel comfortable with.

      Regarding the events in Norway, the newspapers published snippets from his 1500 page rant before he went out to kill all those people. Those words are chilling. Really scary, horrible, stuff. Monster.

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  2. So well-said, Ceri. I can say that Amy’s death wasn’t shocking, given her lifestyle choices, but I can still mourn the loss of a talented singer. As for what happened in Norway, I think the fact that we can be sickened and shocked to tears by what happened is a great sign that we are not completely inured to violence yet. As long as we feel any sympathy for humanity’s suffering, I think there is hope for the human race.

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    • Regarding Amy, I just find it disgusting that there were people who put bets on when she’s die. That’s actually disgraceful. And people who say it was her fault because of her lifestyle don’t understand addiction. 😦 I just hope she’s at peace now.

      You’re definitely right about Norway. If we were all completely immune to what happened, there’d be no hope for all of us and we’d all be as bad as that bastard who feels no remorse for his actions.

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  3. The Norway attack absolutely gutted me. When we were there two years ago I was struck but how wonderful the people were, how I felt like there was diversity but they were all living in harmony. I honestly felt like Oslo was such a peaceful amazing place. It kills me that someone would do that to his own country.

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    • Norway is a really peaceful place. I think that’s what so astonishing. Yeah, there have always been a few right-wind nutballs like a lot of countries but we could have never seen anything like this coming. 😦 I’m just so grateful that my Norwegian friend was safe here in the UK during these events. Luckily his friends and family over there are fine too.

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  4. All very sad 😦 When I heard about the shootings I shed a tear also. I was away on vacation when it happened and I just happened to put the tv on for a bit while we ate breakfast. Unbeleiveable.
    I had no idea about Amy Winehouse until I got back home. How sad as well. She was very talented.

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